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When completing this form, if you choose to enter an email address, this will automatically create a password protected account within the system enabling you to track the progress of your suggestion. The email sent to confirm receipt of your suggestion will contain your log in details. However, you do not need to enter an email address to submit an idea - we're still keen to hear from you and there is no limit to the number of forms you can complete.

For the Programme dropdown, this is an optional entry and the current programmes are restricted to

  • NIHR Health Technology Assessment
  • NIHR Public Health Research
  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)
  • NIHR Health Service and Delivery Research

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Research Suggestion Details

What is the research question or uncertainty that you think needs to be answered? 
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What is the intervention* for which the research is needed (i.e. where we need to know more about "what works")?
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* The definition of intervention is very broad and can range from:
     - Interventions to promote health and prevent disease, the use of a diagnostic test or questionnaire, drug treatments, devices, surgical
      techniques, physical or talking therapies, settings of care and screening.
     - Wider public health interventions and services e.g. reducing transport injuries related to children and young people.
     - Interventions to improve the quality of health services, how effective they are and how easy they are for people to get access to.
Please describe the patient group, people, population or communities that are likely to be offered this intervention and where it might be delivered
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Briefly explain why this research will be important to the public, patients, clinicians, the wider NHS or local communities
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Please provide any information you can on any published or ongoing research on this intervention and include here any other comments you would like to make
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Where known, please state normal practice in this field and what would be the important outcomes of this intervention
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